KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Wednesday was the first day of the NCAA women’s basketball fall signing period, and highly-regarded 6-foot-4 post player Kasi Kushkituah officially became a Tennessee Lady Volunteer.
Kushkituah, who hails from Austell, Ga., plays at St. Francis High School in Alpharetta and has helped that program to back-to-back state titles while earning Class A All-State First Team accolades both seasons. She joins a UT roster that already features four players from the Peach State.
Considered an elite post in the 2017 class, Kushkituah is ranked as the No. 9 player in the nation by All-Star Girls Report and No. 11 by Prospectsnation.com, rated as the top post by the latter organization. She is considered the No. 6 post player in the country and a four-star recruit in the espnW HoopGurlz Top 100, with that organization slotting her at No. 55 overall.
“We had an area on our team we really needed to bolster, and we felt that Kasi was the best post in this class,” Warlick said. “We are absolutely thrilled to have her joining our program. Excited would be an understatement.
“She comes from a great program and has had a fantastic coach. She possesses a tremendous work ethic and is going to provide great stability in the post for us. Kasi’s obviously a terrific player already, but we believe she’s only scratched the surface on how great she can be.”
According to MaxPreps, Kushkituah (pronounced Kush-KITTA-wa), who plays on a team that featured three other teammates signing with Division I teams today, averaged 10.6 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game as a junior while shooting 53 percent from the field. She averaged 11.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.2 blocks while shooting 64 percent as a sophomore, and 11.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.0 blocks as a freshman.
• Ranked No. 9 overall by All-Star Girls Report.
• Ranked No. 11 overall by Prospectsnation.com.
• Ranked No. 55 in the espnW HoopGurlz Top 100 rankings
• She is the No. 6 post and a four-star prospect, according to espnW.
• Led St. Francis High School to consecutive Class A Georgia state championships the past two seasons.
• Plays for FBC AAU team.
• Named to the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Class A All-State First Team (2015, 2016).